Al Roker shares his recipes for pulled pork, baked beans and more

January 23, 2015 - bbq set


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One of Al Roker’s favorite forms of food is barbecue. In fact, he loves it so most that he creates his possess massage and vinegar sauce. And propitious for us, he’s pity his recipes for a grill massage that he uses to deteriorate his pulled pork, and a vinegar salsa for a pig and his signature baked beans.

Al Roker cooks adult a ideal pulled pig on Jan 23, 2015.

Al’s BBQ rub


  • 6 tablespoons packaged light brownish-red sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons belligerent cumin
  • 1 teaspoon belligerent cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon creatively belligerent black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon belligerent cayenne 

Mix together all mixture and set aside.

Al’s vinegar sauce


  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1/4 crater ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons packaged light brownish-red sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon Louisiana-style prohibited sauce
  • 2 teaspoons creatively belligerent black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

Mix together all mixture and set aside. 

Al Roker cooks adult a ideal pulled pig on Jan 23, 2015.

Oven-made pulled pork


  • 6 pounds weak pig shoulder or butt, with a skinny covering of fat left on
  • 3/4 crater Al’s BBQ rub
  • 3 tablespoons neutral cooking oil (such as canola)
  • 1 crater Al’s vinegar sauce
  • 1 crater water

Chef’s note: Pork can be done 1-2 days ahead, and re-heated before serving.

Place a pig onto a work house fat side adult and widespread 1/4 crater massage over a surface. Turn a pig over and widespread it out as distant as it will go. With a pointy knife, cut median down by a thickest portions of a meat. Apply remaining massage uniformly over a whole aspect of a meat, rubbing it into a sliced areas.   

Preheat a oven to 325 degrees F. Place a oil into a thick-bottomed pot or Dutch oven and feverishness on a burner over medium-high until oil is hot. Add a pork, fat side down, and let flare for 3-4 minutes, holding caring that a spices get browned, though not burnt.

Mix together 1 crater vinegar salsa and water, afterwards flow into a pot to a side of a pork, not over it. (Reserve remaining vinegar salsa to offer with pig later.) With tongs or a vast fork, lift a edges of a pig to let a glass settle underneath. Bring to a simmer, cover a pot and place into a oven for 3 hours. 

Remove a pot from a oven and boost oven feverishness to 375 degrees F. Transfer a pig to a handle shelve set over a piece pan. Place in oven for 25-30 minutes, until aspect is browned and crisp. While pig is in a oven, prepare a liquids in a pot to reduce. Transfer to a gravy separator and let lay about 5 mins for a fat to arise to a surface. Pour a salsa into a portion bowl, interlude before a fat pours out.

Once pig is out of oven, let lay for during slightest 10 mins before slicing. Place pig onto a work house and ‘pull’ a beef detached into shreds, or cut thinly with a pointy knife. Serve as desired, with both a reduced salsa and a remaining vinegar salsa on a side.  

Al Roker cooks adult a ideal pulled pig on Jan 23, 2015.

Baked beans


  • 1 bruise dusty Navy beans, picked over and rinsed
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, or 6 slices unchanging bacon
  • 1 middle onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 crater packaged dim brownish-red sugar
  • 1/4 crater dim molasses
  • 1/4 crater ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon sharp brownish-red mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ to 2 ½ cups apple cider or water

Put a baked beans in a vast pot and supplement adequate cold H2O to cover them by 2 inches. Soak a beans overnight in a cold place. Drain a beans and lapse them to a pot. Add adequate cold H2O to cover by 2 inches. Cover a pot, set it over high heat, and move a H2O to boil. Reduce a feverishness to a prepare and prepare a beans, lonesome until tender, 45 mins to 1 hour. Remove a pot from a feverishness and empty a beans in a colander. Dry a pot.

Preheat a oven to 250 degrees. Put a bacon in a pot, and put a pot over medium-high heat. Cook a bacon for a integrate mins or so until it releases about 1 tablespoon of fat. Remove a bacon from a pot regulating a slotted spoon- haven a bacon fat in a pot- and clout half of a slices. Set a chopped bacon and while strips aside for a moment. Add a onion to a pot with a bacon fat, and sauté over middle feverishness for 5 minutes, or until a onion is soothing though not browned. Return a beans to a pot, and supplement a chopped bacon, brownish-red sugar, molasses, ketchup, mustard, and salt. Stir well. Top with a remaining whole strips of bacon.

Pour in adequate cider or H2O so we can only see it seeping by a tip of a beans. Bake lonesome for 2 hours. Remove a cover and bake an additional 3 to 4 hours, or until a beans are dim and really tender. If a beans seem to be drying out, supplement some-more cider or H2O as needed. Serve a beans hot, from a pot.

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